School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts - Centennial College - Toronto

Post-secondary Program Special Event Planning - Programa en Organización de Eventos Especiales

School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts - Centennial College - Toronto


The Special Event Planning program will provide learners with the skills and knowledge necessary for a rewarding career creating beautiful events and providing long-lasting memories for guests and clients. Learners will be equipped to design, plan and execute diverse events, from corporate meetings and conferences to social functions such as weddings and community fundraisers. Special event planning is a growing role in many organizations in a vast number of different industries and sectors.

The Special Event Planning program immerses learners in all aspects of the event industry. Business courses in marketing, human resources and entrepreneurship compliment event courses in design, food and beverage and event operations, preparing learners to be comfortable planning events in restaurants, hotels, resorts and convention centres.

This two-year hospitality diploma concludes with an experiential learning opportunity working alongside professional event planners and managers in a variety of industries and on campus at Centennial College’s 20,000 sq. ft. Event Centre.


Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, or mature student status (19 years or older)
English Grade 12 C or U, or equivalent (minimum grade required)


Start Date:Fall, Winter, Summer

Semester 1
College Communication 1
Introduction to Events
General Education Elective
Introduction to Computers (Online)
Math for Hospitality
Presenting and Communicating Effectively
Food Safety, Smart Serve and First Aid
Food Theory

Semester 2
College Communication 2
Special Event Operations I
Event Selling and Sponsorship
Global Citizenship: From Social Analysis to Social Action
Human Resources
Introduction to Hospitality Accounting
Beverage, Bar and Dining Room
Introduction to Hospitality Sales and Marketing

Semester 3
Special Event Operations II
Event Marketing & Social Media
Food & Beverage Management
Menu Management and Design
Principles of Food, Beverage and Labour Cost Controls
Career Preparation
Risk Management
Hospitality and Tourism Entrepreneurship

Semester 4
Special Event Field Placement/Industry Partnership Project
General Education Elective
Career Capstone and Leadership

Salidas profesionales

Catering and Event Coordinator
Event Planner / Event Manager
Meeting and Convention Planner
Trade Show Organizer
Fundraising Coordinator
Live Events Specialist
Media Event Planner
Wedding Planner

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